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Origin & Meaning

The name Ellen is of English origin.

The meaning of Ellen is "light".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 656  in baby name popularity for girls with 431 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Ellen Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Ellen has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Ellen to other names.


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Related Names

Ellen is a form of the name Helen.

Ellen has the diminutives (nicknames) Elle, Nell, Nelle, Nellie, Nelly.

Other Tidbits

Ellen falls into the classic name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Ellen DeGeneres.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Ellen in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Ellen.

Just for fun, see the name Ellen in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Ellen in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

English names generally consist of a given name, middle name and family name. Many English speaking countries have fairly flexible naming laws. This allows the multicultural families that live in these countries to merge the naming conventions of their faiths or previous nationalities with their current homeland.

Biblical names are still very prevelant. Nature, literature, mythology, celebrity, surnames, variants of traditional names and newly invented names are all sources of English given names.

The evolution of English names in the U.K. can be traced to the various conquests and ruling power changes of its early history. The evolution of English names in America has been more influenced by the various influxes of immigrants from different parts of the world during different times in its history.